Two-Day Room Make Over, On a Budget
So you're lying in bed, remote in one hand and Ben & Jerry's clutched firmly in the other. Your husband is out on kid-duty and your other husband (the DVR) is queued up and ready for your next binge-watch. Your programming of choice today - the "junk food" of television programming... reality TV of course!
Then the phone rings. "What now?!" It's your husband and he informs you that an old college buddy and his wife are coming into town this weekend. Suddenly, you get that sinking feeling in your stomach... you know what's next. He's invited said buddy and wife to stay at your home for the weekend. (Today is Wednesday, by the way...) "Oh, that's just great!" you say with a forced smile, all the while mentally rapid-firing off your "to-do" list to prep for the visit. Then it occurs to you. "THAT ROOM IS A MESS!!" Your guest room has slowly turned into a storage facility and you hadn't intended on tackling it until you had ample time.
Well, although it may not be ample, now is the time to get that room done! Ask God to “renew your strength”, put down the remote, re-stash the B&J back in the rear of freezer and get to work! Here are a few very easy steps to conquer a whole room make over in only two days, on a limited budget:
Step 1: De-clutter & Clean
Remember, you've only got a few days. Try not to spend more than half a day on this task. If you have a small amount of clutter, make 3 piles to sort the clutter in. KEEP, GIVE AWAY and THROW AWAY. Sort and be sure to act accordingly.
However, if your guest room looks like you may be on the next episode of hoarders, simply run down to your neighborhood hardware store and get some boxes. Box all the clutter and dump it in the garage! Normally, I wouldn't condone this type of procrastination, but time is of the essence...we've got to get this done!
The cleaning part is easy! You already know how to keep house. So bring all of your cleaning supplies into the room. Turn up the praise music and clean like a woman on a mission! Dust, vacuum (or sweep), and polish wood furnishings.
Step 2: Choose a Theme
Don't let this step intimidate you. It doesn't have to be as complicated as some of the television designers let on. All you have to do is visit your neighborhood home improvement store or one of my personal favorites, TJ Maxx, Home Goods or Marshalls. Browse the isles and be on the lookout for a fabric that grabs you. This will be your jumping-off point. It can be a pillow, bedding, or window treatments. You're looking for a simple pattern (with no more than 3 colors) that makes you stop in your tracks. Remember to keep it simple!
The pattern below spoke to me because of its classic and timeless appeal. The blue speaks of tranquility. What's better for a comfy guest room? So it's that easy! Color and theme... Done!
Step 3: Shop, Shop, Shop!
Now that you've got your color and theme, continue to browse the isles for other window treatments, bedding, pillows and accessories that match the theme color from your jumping-off pattern. One shade warmer or cooler is acceptable. If you're a bit more savvy, try contrasting and coordinating with this color. This will help give the room more depth and dimension. But if not, stick to your one color!
Need a shopping list? Try to find at least the few items below:
Room Make Over Shopping List
Jumping-off Fabric or Pattern
Two matching or coordinating throw pillows
A set of matching curtains for each window in the room
One or two table lamps
One large mirror or art piece to go above the bed
A few smaller wall hangings and frames to put around the room
Curtain rods and hardware for hanging the curtain rods, pictures and wall art
Two towel sets that match the room for the bathroom
Step 4: Pick your Paint and Prep
An accent wall is the pop your room will need to come alive. End Day One with a stop at the paint counter at your hardware store. Bring your jumping-off fabric with you and have the paint specialist match your coordinating color. Buy a gallon. This should be enough for the average sized room. If this make over is truly last minute, purchase Low-VOC or No-VOC paint to reduce the smell of fresh paint in the room so your guest won’t be uncomfortable.
Also pick up your supplies - 1 roller brush, 1 pan, 1 brush for edging, painter's tape, and a small container of paint thinner for "Oops!" moments.
When you get home, prep the room for paint (or ask you husband to do so, sweetly of course) by taping off the base boards, corner walls and ceiling. You will want to paint the wall on which the bed will be placed.
Then take care of your family. Then yourself. Spend time with God. Then go to BED! You're probably pooped and you have a busy day tomorrow!
Step 5: Paint
Paint the accent wall. Hubby should be ready to oblige... he did spring this on you at the last minute! Two coats will be better than one, especially for darker colors. After the first coat, move on to Step 6. You'll want to do your final coat just before you put the finishing touches on the room.
Step 6: Unpack and Place
While the first coat dries, now is a good time to go through all of the items you purchased on Day One. You wouldn't think this warrants a separate step, but there's a method to the madness here. This step helps you to keep up the momentum and not have to interrupt the creative process by stopping to open new items. It also helps you to visualize the end-product and see everything at once to make sure all of your colors coordinate.
Get a trash can and pair of scissors. Then remove all the items from their packaging and cut off all tags. Place lamps, picture frames and any other table top items. Place wall art and mirrors on the floor, by their final placement. You want to do this to make sure you are satisfied with the placement of pictures, art and mirrors, before you put holes in the wall.
Lastly, iron the linen and make the bed.
Step 7: Paint Again
Paint the second coat, once the first is dry. Remove painter's tape once second coat is completely dry.
Step 8: Final Touches
You're at the home stretch now. All you'll need to do at this point is hang the curtain rods and curtains. Hang the pictures, mirrors and wall art. Put the final touches on placement of throws and accessories.
And done!! Two days and $350 later, you've managed to transform that extra room into a comfy retreat for incoming guests. Your husband will be proud of his home. Your guests will be impressed and appreciative of your hospitality. And you will be the hero of the day!
Now, to the kitchen! A true hostess always makes sure her fridge and pantry are amply stocked for her family and any unexpected guests. Here are a few easy tips that will help.
First Lady Lynda